Acclaimed for both his preservation and modernization of the Paranda musical tradition,
Aurelio's virtuosity is found in his distinctive, penetrating vocals and his talent as a composer.
Aurelio was born into a family possessing a long and distinguished musical tradition in the small
Garifuna community of Plaplaya in Honduras. Aurelio began playing guitar as soon as he was
old enough to hold the instrument. By the age of six he was regularly playing drums at social gatherings. Inspired by his grandmother and his father, Aurelio gathered a vast repertoire, which later enabled him to develop his own style.
Diblo Dibala, born in 1954 in Kisangani in the Congo (now Zaire), of the Baluba people, is the one of the hottest African Soukous lead guitarists around. At the age of 6 Diblo moved to Kinshasa and by the age of 15 he was playing guitar in the great Franco's TPOK band. In Kinshasa, Diblo continued to master his lava-hot guitar chops with such top Zairean bands as Vox Africa, Orchestre Bella Mambo, and Bella Bella.
Garifuna International Band - Afro Central American
Garifuna International Band (GIB) is without a doubt one of the best bands specializing in Traditional Punta, Punta Rock, Paranda & other
Garifuna rhythms. A set your feet & hips on fire presentation with veteran musicians from Afro-Central America residing in NYC. This 8 member band has toured both Europe, the US and conducts lecture demos & workshops. Afro-Central music at it's very best.
From Morocco to New York Malika Zarra has taken her mezzo-soprano voice across the world, crossing both musical and culturalboundaries. Singing in French and Arabic she's redefining the term fusion and adding her unique sound to the world of jazz."
Moroccan world singer/composer/producer, Malika Zarra is a multi-cultural shape-shifter, an enchantress who leaps effortlessly between seemingly unconnected languages and traditions, uniting them while utilizing each to further enrich the others. The exotically beautiful artist with the velvety, sinuous mezzo-soprano voice has demonstrated a are ability to communicate both powerful and subtle ideas and feelings in French, English and Moroccan Arabic.
Lorraine Klaasen, the daughter of legendary South African jazz singer Tandie Klaasen, is one of the few South African artists who have preserved the classic sound of Township music, which continues to be the most distinctive sound to come out of South Africa. Born and raised in Soweto, South Africa, Lorraine has electrified audiences worldwide with her dynamic stage presence and showmanship.
Natural Expression Band is known as one of the best "Engine Rooms" in the English speaking Caribbean community. The "Engine Room" is the backbone of percussion that sweetens all steelband & calypso music. Without the tire irons, graters, cowbells, triangles, etc the music would be in a great & deep deficit. Natural Expression Rhythm Band is comprised of 15 to 25 veteran Caribbean, percussionists who play for many different bands. The Band was formed in 2007. They are perfect for street festivals, parades, dance parties, fetes, block-o-ramas and outdoor events. Winners of Best Rhythm Band for 2008, 2009, 2010 J'ouvert Brooklyn, New York. They were the main band for Pagwah J'ouvert Band who were winners as well for 2008, 2009, 2010 & 2011.
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Alfredo De La Fé is a Cuban-born and New York-based violinist that lived in Colombia for more than 16 years, responsible for transforming the violin into an important sound of Salsa and Latin music. The first solo violinist to perform with a Salsa orchestra, De La Fe has toured the world more than thirty times, appearing in concert and participating in more than one hundred albums by such top-ranked Latin artists as Eddie Palmieri, Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, Jose Alberto "El Canario", Cheo Feliciano, The Fania All Stars and Santana. His second solo album, Alfredo, released in 1979, received a Grammy nomination as "Best Latin album".
He’s travelled to 89 countries around the globe.
To welcome 2011 Alfredo will played in The Black Arts Festival in Senegal and will come out with a new song and videoclip “Pá Curramba” for the Barranquilla Carnival.
In February he will travel to Argentina for a series of concerts with Colonizados.
Awa Sangho Awa Sangho is a proud daughter and shining star of West Africa. Raised in the desert north of Mali, where her stunning voice was first recognized and celebrated, educated in Bamako, where she learned the trade of music, Awa established herself in Abidjan, the capital of music production in the region in the 1980s. There, she sang, danced, acted, and began to travel the world with the legendary Ensemble Koteba, and the women-led band she co-founded in 1993, Les Go de Koteba. All this was preamble to Awa’s move to New York City in 2011. This year, Awa unveils her first solo recording, Alataye Tougnaye “The Truth Belongs to God” (Motema). The album draws upon all Awa’s rich experiences, and realizes her long-held goal of presenting a personal musical vision, and assuming the role of cultural ambassador to the world. top | Journeyagents home